(Recorded Webinar) Emergency Preparedness for Head Start
Years of experience with natural disasters has shown that Head Start and other early childhood programs play an important role in response and recovery efforts after a disaster or emergency. Providing stability and sharing information about resources and agencies that can assist families is critical in the days and weeks after the event. This public health emergency is different, because it continues. In this webinar we will offer key lessons and resources for programs in the process of creating, revisiting, and updating preparedness policies and procedures. We hope to share best practices and to help keep programs safe during the ongoing public health emergency. Head Start Program Performance Standards require, written plans for staff and training for staff for emergencies. These standards include the following Head Start Program Performance Standards:
- 45 CFR 1304.22 b) Conditions of short-term exclusion and admittance
- 45 CFR 1304.22(e) Hygiene
- 45 CFR 1304.20(d) Ongoing care procedures for periodic observations and recordings, as appropriate, of individual children’s developmental progress, changes in physical appearance (e.g., signs of injury or illness) and emotional and behavioral patterns.
The Preparedness Manual recommends procedures to include observations from parents and staff including:
- Standard 3.1.1 Daily Health Check
- Standard 22.214.171.124 Hand Washing Procedure
- Standard 126.96.36.199 Cough and Sneeze Etiquette
- Standard 3.3 Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting
The current public health emergency raises different preparedness needs than natural disasters. Some share concern about potential lack of identified procedures and materials in place prevent the spread of disease. Others raise concerns about insufficient supplies for children, parents, and staff to prevent infection. We will discuss the guidance available and best practices.
- Executive Directors
- HR Directors
- All are welcome!
After this webinar, you will be able to:
- Understand the scope of different emergency preparedness expectations for Head Start grantees
- Discuss common risks surrounding plans and implementation
- Find additional resources for emergency preparedness specific to Head Start
Phillip is Of Counsel in the firm’s Federal Grants and Health Law practice groups. A native of Puerto Rico, Phillip’s bilingual, nationwide practice serves non-profit organizations, municipalities, local government agencies, and other federal grantees. Prior to joining Feldesman Tucker, Phillip ran a practice from San Juan which spanned corporate, business, public policy, government and contract law, and included contested matters and appeals before state and federal courts. [Full Bio]
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